Ancient Ayurveda Beauty Secret
Are you looking for that perfect skin moisturizer? You know the one that is super hydrating, reduces wrinkles, helps eliminate scars and reduces the inflammation of rosacea and eczema?
Maybe you need an ultra-rich eye cream, a night cream, a body butter or an anti-wrinkle regimen. Then let me introduce you to Ayurveda’s ancient skin remedy – 100 x washed ghee or ‘Shata-dhauta-ghrita’.
Washed ghee is made by placing ghee into a vessel and mixing it with purified water, washing it ten times, then the water is poured away and this is done literally one hundred times. The result is a complete transformation of the ghee to an odorless cream of whipped butter consistency that penetrates all seven layers of the skin. It is an excellent anti-aging treatment that smooths wrinkles, fades sun spots, heals burns, and soothes inflammation of rosacea, eczema, and acne.
I first came across washed ghee in Ayurveda school and– the result was pretty astounding. Being Vata-Pitta, I was always looking for the best wrinkle repair and cooling, calming skin cream that left me feeling completely hydrated. The process of washing the ghee in water completely transforms the ghee into a cooling, nourishing, silky substance. 100 times washed ghee is easily absorbed by the skin and leaves the skin feeling refreshed, rejuvenated and glowing.
But how does it work? As it is always important to me to understand the scientific basis – I did some research and here is what I found.
Ghee is the main sauce of lipids (fats) and when we rinse it in cold water, it hydrolyzes and splits into fatty acids and glycerols. This allows the ghee to penetrate deeper into the layers of the skin.
Washed Ghee is also rich in Omega 3 and 9’s, Vitamins A, D, E, and K. It is also one of the best sources of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). These nutrients reduce oxidative stress which causes your skin to look dull and lifeless. Ghee is also made with Butyric acid which helps reduce skin inflammation.
And, most importantly as your skin is the largest organ of the body, it is important to apply products that are completely natural and chemical-free. Whatever you put on your skin gets directly absorbed into your body. Let me ask you an important question can you eat your skin care line right now?
INGREDIENTS FOR WASHED GHEE
Bowl & Spoon – You will need a large clean bowl. There will be a fair amount of splashing and sloshing. Also, the ghee will expand in volume. So, a large bowl helps. It is better to use a copper bowl. You will need a clean spoon as well.
Water – I used ice cold water – better to use filtered.
Towel – The process can be a bit messy so it is a good idea to have a large towel around. Try wearing an old shirt.
Container – I transferred my ghee from a bowel to to small glass jars. Choose the prettiest container you like for your DIY cream!
WASHING THE GHEE WITH WATER
Pour the ghee in your bowl and add an equal amount of water. Use your hand (after washing really well) and swirl the ghee in the water 10 times. This is where the splashing and sloshing happens so be careful. I stirred the ghee and water clockwise five times and then anticlockwise for another five, then throw out the water. There is no logic here. The change of direction ensures my wrist and fingers get exercise and the count helps me track time. That is all.
STRAIN THE GHEE
Once you have drained out the ghee, add more water to it and keep washing it till the ghee expands in volume and develops a sheen. I generally wash at least 10 times with the same water. The rinse and repeat and drain. It’s a several hour process to wash the ghee a hundred times.
STORING YOUR WASHED GHEE
After the last drain, transfer your washed ghee in a container. Ensure that it is airtight. I prefer to store the cream overnight in the fridge. That firmly sets it and dries off any water still in the ghee. The ghee lasts for about three months easily even in the hot humid summer. If you can store it in the refrigerator, it will have an additional cooling and soothing effect on the skin.
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